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New Zealand: Impact of COVID-19 on bus and rail ridership [free access]

May 1, 2020

In April 2020, ridership on the bus and rail network in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch contracted by over 84 per cent compared to ridership in April 2019. Table 1 provides a brief snapshot of the impact on ridership.

 

Table 1: Decline in ridership

Region

Current year ridership

Previous year ridership

Variance (%)

Auckland (Bus)

14,679

126,838

-88.4

Auckland (Ferry)

66

5,125

-98.7

Auckland (Rail)

1,883

33,355

-94.4

Auckland (Total)

16,628

165,318

-89.9

Wellington

4,227

41,730

-89.9

Christchurch (Bus)

3,982

25,987

-84.7

 Source: NZ Transport Agency (NZTA)

 

However, as the number of new cases of Covid-19 decline, ridership is gradually increasing in each of these cities. For instance, over the course of the previous week, ridership on Auckland’s public transport network increased by 19.1 per cent. In the same period, ridership on buses in Wellington and Christchurch increased by 11 per cent and 21.6 per cent respectively. Table 2 provides information about the ridership between April 1 and April 26.

 

Table 2: Ridership on bus and rail network in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch

Date

Auckland

Wellington

Christchurch

Bus

Rail

Bus

Bus

Current year

Previous year

Current year

Previous year

Current year

Previous year

Current year

Previous year

April 1

12,829

297,409

2,561

82,582

3,300

51,110

2,994

102,660

April 2

12,891

300,502

2,572

83,081

3,374

51,427

2,753

102,599

April 3

12,350

289,352

2,344

80,724

3,199

44,637

3,404

95,443

April 4

9,935

95,322

609

21,719

2,365

24,985

2,760

31,714

April 5

8,479

89,445

568

18,002

2,547

17,514

1,802

21,277

April 6

12,425

284,608

2,506

79,645

3,226

45,477

2,814

96,611

April 7

13,256

295,579

2,514

82,950

3,678

48,650

2,902

102,186

April 8

14,449

294,735

2,583

82,569

4,024

49,289

3,377

100,393

April 9

14,758

282,523

2,484

79,180

3,928

45,898

3,805

101,772

April 10

6,133

277,180

239

76,807

1,464

44,585

1,313

96,571

April 11

12,426

110,559

411

26,578

3,085

24,397

2,841

36,091

April 12

8,381

83,223

291

17,158

2,353

17,473

2,413

24,592

April 13

9,128

212,338

300

65,032

2,603

34,019

2,789

75,467

April 14

13,169

223,643

2,274

69,012

3,479

37,787

4,610

77,858

April 15

14,911

224,934

2,365

69,766

3,850

40,406

4,586

79,281

April 16

14,666

219,864

2,357

68,323

3,994

37,298

4,574

78,798

April 17

14,096

66,179

2,185

7,034

3,449

11,817

4,115

16,042

April 18

10,986

105,311

942

13,641

2,759

22,371

3,238

31,001

April 19

9,287

65,688

763

7,352

2,784

10,158

2,737

12,474

April 20

14,147

68,518

2,178

9,671

3,632

17,324

3,602

20,537

April 21

15,071

177,127

2,259

52,953

4,044

32,224

4,124

60,983

April 22

16,926

98,234

2,378

60,158

4,582

36,150

4,548

66,873

April 23

16,282

85,238

2,450

20,179

4,277

19,695

4,690

24,132

April 24

16,994

183,249

2,340

52,783

4,475

34,444

4,991

65,299

April 25

11,936

102,307

968

23,016

3,641

23,604

3,890

32,330

Source: Auckland Transport, Greater Wellington Regional Council and Environment Canterbury